Center Forward Zach Braxton attempts to maintain possession of the ball to make a basket during the first half against Antelope Valley. (Ariana Berkemeier / The Signpost)
Center Forward Zach Braxton attempts to maintain possession of the ball to make a basket during the first half against Antelope Valley. (Ariana Berkemeier / The Signpost)

The Weber State University men’s basketball team brought home the win against Antelope Valley in a dominating performance, ending in a score of 90-47.

“What we needed out of this game, we got out of this game, is experience,” head coach Randy Rahe said after the game. “We had to get some new guys experience. We have to start mixing the old with the new. It’s all we can do. You can’t speed up the experience, and that’s what we have to keep plugging away. Overall, the kids played how we wanted to play.”

With 19.45 in the first half, Dusty Baker scored a 3-pointer to open up scoring for Wildcats. They continued in that momentum to lead 39-20 at the half.

Despite the minor changes in some of the players, they managed to pull through and come together as a a team. Juwan Williams and Cody John are two of the players who saw time in tonight’s game. For the rest of the season, they will sit out as redshirt freshman.

“They are good basketball players, and I think they can really help us. We felt like after we played a couple games, we have a chance to evaluate where everybody was at, and after that, I felt like it was a no-brainer that we bring them off because they want to help us, and they want to help their teammates, and I think they can both really help us. It’s going to take them a while,” said Rahe.

Not only did these two players bring it to the table, they worked hard and proved to Rahe that it’s time for them to play ball.

“Juwan tore his labrum in June, had surgery in June and was just cleared to play two weeks ago. Once he got cleared to play, we put him on the scout team, and I loved what he looked like—high energy, tough, explosive athlete, has enough skills and I really liked it,” Rahe said of Williams.

The Weber State Men’s Basketball team will then take on Central Michigan in Estero, Fla. at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 23.

“I think they’re catching on pretty quick, and tonight, a game like this, this was really big for them to get in and to get some playing time, just learn the system, get to play and gain more experience,” said senior Joel Bolomboy.

 

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